Cocktail Party Planning South Bend IN

Local resource for cocktail party planning in South Bend. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to liquor stores, wine and spirits, party planners and caterers, as well as advice on home bar wines, beers and mixed drinks with rum, vodka, whiskey or tequila.

The Mark Dine & Tap
1234 Eddy Street
South Bend, IN
Gastro Pub

Glo Worm Lounge
(574) 237-9161
720 S Michigan St
South Bend, IN
Glo Worm Lounge - Happy hour never looked so good. Glo Worm Lounge, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

Madison Oyster Bar
(574) 288-3776
129 N Main St
South Bend, IN
Madison Oyster Bar - Think of Madison Oyster Bar as a guaranteed hangover. And we mean that in the best possible way. Located at [Address], it's open all night, so it's a pretty good bet that you're going to be feeling it the next morning. Enjoy the late-night debauchery, but drink lots of water and pop some Advil.

Albert's Tavern
(574) 287-3856
501 Lincoln Way W
South Bend, IN
Albert's Tavern, located at [Address], has an atmosphere that's bordering on dive. Don't take a date there-unless she's cool as hell and is super low-maintenance-but it's a good place to chill and unwind. -Review of Albert's Tavern

Dew Drop Inn Restaurant
(574) 289-9829
822 S Lafayette Blvd
South Bend, IN
Dew Drop Inn Restaurant - There's not much to be said about the cocktails at [name]. They're not necessarily cheap, but they're as tasty as they are potent...a delicious and dangerous combination.

(574) 289-0742
1116 S Main St
South Bend, IN
Tapit - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Tapit will do the trick. Grab a seat at the welcoming bar and order one of the many brews on hand. The bartender will likely hook you up if you become a regular and then you'll really have your very own place where everyone knows your name.

C J's Pub Inc
(574) 233-5981
417 N Michigan St
South Bend, IN
C J's Pub Inc - Want to throw a huge party with 300 of your closest friends? C J's Pub Inc is probably not the place to do it. But if you're interested in grabbing a quick drink and possibly some bar food, C J's Pub Inc is more than able to oblige.

(574) 289-0066
117 W South St
South Bend, IN
Knockers - So you want to get a table? Be prepared to shell out some cash. Knockers caters to the upscale crowd so you better make sure you're ready to roll.

Victory Bar
(574) 289-5212
907 S Michigan St
South Bend, IN
Victory Bar - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Victory Bar fits right in the middle of the bell curve - a place to hit with your buddies on the way to your ultimate destination. Not the ideal spot for fabulous, drunken debauchery, but it's a good as place as any to pre-drink.

State Theatre Lounge
(574) 232-0679
214 1/2 S Michigan St
South Bend, IN
State Theatre Lounge - Now you have your cake and eat it too. State Theatre Lounge, located at [Address], is a hybrid of both trendy-club and swank-lounge. Get there early and stay late; it's the kind of place where you can have an amazing drinks and then stay for the nightlife.

Stocking up your home bar

By Russ Cobbe

Last week we discussed what bartending equipment you should have in your home bar. This week we will cover the ingredients you need to complete the setup of your home bar.

Your main selection of alcohol should include 750ml bottles of the following: Gin, Vodka, Rum, Bourbon, Scotch, Tequila, Vermouth, Red and White Wine, Brandy, Port & Sherry plus whatever liqueurs are most palatable to you and your friends. The most popular liqueurs to have would be coffee, orange, irish cr�me and cr�me de cassis.

Next up would be bitters. Bitters are made from a variety of roots, barks, berries and herbs. They generally add a bit of zing to your drinks. You should have Angostura, Peychaud's, Orange and Abbotts Aged bitters.

For mixing you'll need a good variety to make a lot of different recipes. The standards include multiple bottles of Mineral water, cola, ginger ale, club soda, tonic water, lemon/lime sodas and fresh juices (orange, pineapple, lemon, lime and tomato). Don't forget to have lots of ice on hand. If you make your own ice use bottled water so you don't get a chlorine flavour to your drinks. Ice should go in the glass first to avoid splashing and to cool the ingredients as they get added.

Finally you will need some things to garnish the drinks to add that special touch. The essentials include cocktail onions, stuffed olives, lemons, limes, oranges, strawberries, celery stalks, Tabasco sauce, maraschino cherries, pineapple...

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